Heart of Lincs Newsletter - February 2024

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Blooms & Beauty: February Gardens

Get ready for a fabulous February, as winter takes a back seat and some glorious Lincolnshire gardens come alive with a burst of blooms!

Rauceby Hall Snowdrops

The Spring Bulb Pageant at Doddington Hall begins on Sunday 4th February, showing off the beauty of nature with an array of wonderful snowdrops and winter aconites, continuing through March and early April as more blooms join the display. The Pageant has been a tradition since the 1950’s, and an estimated 150,000 bulbs have been planted or moved in the past 25 years!

Over at Rauceby Hall on Snowdrop Sunday, 25th February, you can take a leisurely stroll through a carpet of delicate snowdrops and learn about the conservation of this historic Victorian gem.

Enjoy Nature in North Kesteven

Last weekend's RSPB Big Birdwatch captured moments of winged magnificence, providing a sneak peek into the vibrant birdlife thriving in the District. From charming robins to majestic birds of prey, the event showcased the rich biodiversity that North Kesteven has to offer. 

Grey Wagtail - Jon Pear

A Grey Wagtail. Credit: Jon Pear

If you missed out on the birdwatch count, remember you can always create your own captivating encounter with nature by visiting sites such as Whisby Nature Park or taking part in one of the North Kesteven Stepping Out Walks.

Grab your binoculars, hit the trails, and let the beauty of the wild unfold before your eyes.

'High Flying Women' Exhibition Takes Flight on February 5th

Embark on an inspiring journey at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum with the unveiling of their latest exhibition, 'High Flying Women,' available to view from Monday, 5 February.


Celebrating the remarkable achievements of women in aviation, this exhibit promises to take visitors on a soaring adventure through history. From pioneering pilots to trailblazing aviators, 'High Flying Women' captures the courage and contributions of these extraordinary individuals.

Don't miss the chance to be captivated by their stories and explore the evolution of women in the skies.

Save the Date for the Lincolnshire Tourism Leaflet Swap

Held at the historic Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa on Thursday 21st March, the leaflet swap is an exciting opportunity to meet and network with tourism service providers, hear from industry experts and gather up-to-date leaflets for your business.

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If you'd like to book a table space for your business you can do so by emailing tourism@e-lindsey.gov.uk

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This month: a Kingfisher on the River Slea spotted by Jon Pear during the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

February Events and Activities


Weekly & ongoing throughout February

Exhibitions, Workshops, Clubs and Dance Programme: Hub-Sleaford

Weekly Wellbeing Walks: Across North Kesteven

High Flying Women Exhibition: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Fri-Mon, 10am-2:30pm

Museum of Memory Exhibition: Mrs Smith's Cottage, Fri-Mon, 12pm-4pm

Spring Bulb Pageant: Doddington Hall, 10am-4pm

Silk Willoughby: Weekly Art Group & Coffee Morning dates

Weekly French Conversation Cafe: The Horseshoes, Silk Willoughby

Saturday 03 February

Sleaford Farmer's Market: Market Place, 9am-2pm

Junior Wardens Club: Whisby Nature Park, 10am-12:30pm

Sunday 04 February

Ruskington Farmer & Craft Market: Village Hall, 10am-2pm

Mini Millers: Heckington Windmill, 10am-11:30am

Yorkshire Pudding Day: Cogglesford Watermill, 12-3:30pm

Compline: St Denys Church, Sleaford, 5pm-5:30pm

Friday 09 February

NavenBEEs Toddler Group: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 11am-12pm

Little Bumbles Forest School: Woodland near Ruskington, 1:30pm

CJ Hatt Live: The New Chapel, Greylees, 9pm-11:50pm

Saturday 10 February

Wildlife Watch: Whisby Nature Park, 10-11:30am

Sunday 11 February

Milling Day: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-3:30pm

Monday 12 February

Make-It Monday Family Activities: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, 10am-2pm

Tuesday 13 February 

Half-Term Family Activities: Hub, Sleaford, 10am-2pm

Wednesday 14 February

Valentine's Day: The New Chapel, Greylees, 6pm-10pm

Thursday 15 February

Talk: Where Our Garden Birds Came From: Whisby Nature Park, 7:30-9:30pm

Friday 16 February

Life in an Anderson Shelter Family Activity Day: IBCC, 10:30am-3:30pm

Saturday 17 February

Salt Dough Animals: Cogglesford Watermill, 12-3:30pm

Sunday 18 February

Winter Tree Walk: Doddington Hall, 10am-12:30pm

Tuesday 20 February

Springwell Solar Farm Public Consultation: Blankney Old School, 3pm-7pm

Friday 23 February

NavenBEEs Toddler Group: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 11am-12pm

Saturday 24 February

Free History Tours: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-3:30pm

Sunday 25 February

Snowdrop Sunday: Rauceby Hall Gardens, 11am-4pm

Evensong: St Denys Church, Sleaford, 5pm-6pm

Tuesday 27 February

Quiz Night: The Horseshoes, Silk Willoughby, 7:45-9:30pm

Have an event for our 'What's On' calendar?

Send us an email: heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk